May 8, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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This month's meetup will be held at NationBuilder in Downtown Los Angeles! NationBuilder is also our food sponsor.
7:00 – 7:15 Open
7:15 – 7:30 Introductions
7:30 – 9:00 Presentations
9:00 – 10:00 Open / Networking
Ruby Made Simple: Hash Initializers by Alf Mikula
In this installment of basic instruction for beginning rubyists, you'll get a brief introduction to hash initializers in Ruby.
Act-Fancer Cybernetick Hyper Weapon: How we rolled our own advanced search using Rails and Postgres by Dan Walmsley
Like many Rails applications, NationBuilder built its original advanced search features using out-of-the-box gems and ActiveRecord scopes. And, also like many Rails applications, we eventually outgrew the scalability and querying power offered by those solutions. After weeks spent evaluating dedicated search services such as Solr, ElasticSearch, Sphinx and others we eventually came back to Postgres - and discovered a novel approach using only core Rails libraries to build a simple, scalable and flexible search subsystem.
Dan Walmsley is CTO of NationBuilder, an online Community Organising System. Prior to working at NationBuilder he was CTO at Purpose, a consultancy that builds online social movements. He has also performed and directed improv, sketch and stand-up at festivals and comedy rooms in the US, UK and Australia since 1995.
There should be lots of free street parking downtown, but if you can't find free parking there's a convenient lot right across the street.